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Crackdown on driving under the influence continues in county

By Paula Walter
Last week, the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department conducted a sting operation where six businesses failed controlled compliance checks in which alcohol was sold to someone who allegedly was visibly under the influence. On July 7, 2015, an officer with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department was conducting a welfare check at the residence of David Bowers, 48, of Highway 91 N. When they arrived, Bowers was not at his residence.
According to the sheriff’s report, as the officer proceeded to leave, Bowers returned home, stumbling out of his vehicle carrying an open container of an alcoholic beverage. When questioned, Bowers informed the officer he had been to a couple of local convenience stores to purchase some items, including alcoholic drinks. According to the report, Bowers presented with extremely slurred speech and had trouble keeping his balance. He was tested on the scene for driving under the influence. Upon arriving at the Johnson County jail, according to their records, Bowers blew a .079 in the breathalyzer. A later test conducted at the Johnson County Community Hospital showed Bowers’ blood alcohol was .21. The legal limit is 0.08.
According to the sheriff’s report, it was determined that Bowers originally went to Quick Stop Number 47, the Silverlake Market, where he was denied.
“We are very pleased to find that employees at Quick Stop Number 47 had refused to sell any alcoholic products to Mr. Bowers, due to his odor of an intoxicating beverage and his visible intoxicating demeanor,” said Sheriff Mike Reece. “Therefore, we would like to thank these employees at Quick Stop Number 47 for their observance and commitment to stop the sale of alcohol to minors or intoxicated persons.”
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